ELLIOT Herbert (1938) Australia / Track and Field
Absent from the Melbourne games in '56, the Australian Herb Elliot won no less than 40 races over 1000 m or 1500 m between 1954 and 1960. It was thus that he arrived in Rome for the 1960 games as favourite to win over his preferred middle distance race.He managed to do this without difficulty finishing his career with this bolt from the blue at the tender age of 22 years old. He bowed out to devote himself to his family and his work in a petroleum company. A year earlier he had refused to turn professional despite being offered "a fortune".